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Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 21 March 1938 (USA)
When a deadly Nitron ray strikes Earth, Flash Gordon and his friends travel to Mars to battle Ming the Merciless and his new ally Queen Azura.

Directors:

Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill (as Robert Hill) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Ray Trampe (original story and screenplay), Norman S. Hall (original story and screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Buster Crabbe ... Flash Gordon
Jean Rogers ... Dale Arden
Charles Middleton ... Emperor Ming
Frank Shannon ... Dr. Alexis Zarkov
Beatrice Roberts ... Queen Azura
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Happy Hapgood
Richard Alexander ... Prince Barin [Chs. 6-15]
C. Montague Shaw ... Clay King (as Montague Shaw)
Wheeler Oakman ... Tarnak
Kenne Duncan ... Airdrome Captain (as Kenneth Duncan)
Warner Richmond ... Zandar
Jack Mulhall ... Bomber Captain [Chs. 4-5, 13]
Lane Chandler ... Flight Commander [Chs. 2-3]
Anthony Warde ... King Turan of the Forest People [Chs. 7, 11, 13]
Ben Lewis Ben Lewis ... Professor [Ch. 1]
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Storyline

Flash, Dale, and Dr. Zarkov return from their former space adventures only to find that their enemy, Ming the Merciless of planet Mongo, has a new weapon: a deadly ray that crosses space to wreak havoc on earth. Earth's only hope is for our heroes to take off again and stop the ray at its source on Mars, where they (and a stowaway) must battle Ming's ally, Queen Azura, who turns her enemies into lumpish clay people. Can they survive 15 chapters of deadly perils? Find out next week... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Based upon the newspaper feature "Flash Gordon"-Owned and Copyrighted by King Features, Inc., Jan.7,1934 (original-release posters) See more »


Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Space Soldiers' Trip to Mars See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the background music was originally used in Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Also, the song that played in the background during the sequence recapping the previous chapter's events was the theme for The Invisible Man (1933). See more »

Goofs

This movie picks up the action from Flash Gordon as they return to Earth from Mongo (ie: They are still returning from Mongo). At the end of that first movie, they took off for Earth in Zarkov's Space ship but they are now in a Mango Space Ship (with the nose ray gun). The cliffhanger of Chapter 1 has one of the engines shot off the ship and at the start of Chapter 2 (after the cliffhanger resolution) Ming looks at the engine and says "It is from the ship they stole from me". See more »

Quotes

Emperor Ming: Take him to the Disintegrating Room.
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Connections

Edited into Matinee Movie Serials: Prisoner of Mongo (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet Overture
(uncredited)
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
Heard in episodes 1 to 3 to introduce various characters
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Not the best but the best remembered
30 December 1998 | by Drifter-7See all my reviews

The Clay People! Who can forget that sequence in Chapter 2 when they first appear. And all to that great Waxman music. Still a good serial to watch, even in these days. Good photography, OK acting, polished script but somehow the original 1936 serial was superior. And kudos again to that great tracked musical score.


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